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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Apr 22, 2014 11:41 pm
The Good Samaritan who was shot in the face over a week ago is speaking out for the first time.
Apr 22, 2014 11:38 pm
No decision was made in a debate over a resolution that calls for issuing more civil citations to Duval County juveniles.
Apr 22, 2014 8:42 pm
You've banked a cool $1 million for your retirement years. Think you're set? You still might be short.
Apr 22, 2014 8:22 pm
The On Your Side team got results from several of our recent stories.
Apr 22, 2014 8:10 pm
An attempt to extend in-state tuition to undocumented students failed in a senate committee on Tuesday.
Apr 22, 2014 7:50 pm
The 2016 Curling National Championships is being hosted for the first time in the Sunshine State in Jacksonville, Fla.
Apr 22, 2014 7:48 pm
A missing Miami Beach man surfaces in Jacksonville during the One Spark festival.
Apr 22, 2014 7:38 pm
Meteor shower dazzles
Apr 22, 2014 7:35 pm
What do you do when the mechanic or repair shop takes possession of your vehicle and keeps it?
Apr 22, 2014 7:28 pm
According to a police report, the 5-year-old is the potential victim of allege abuse by a kindergarten teacher.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 23, 2014 4:09 am
Federal officials on Tuesday potentially derailed a nearly $2 billion plan intended to help the Everglades and curb coastal water pollution.
Apr 23, 2014 4:00 am
Three construction workers were injured in a collapse in Boca Raton on Tuesday.
Apr 23, 2014 4:00 am
Be prepared to feel like a star - or at least a model - when crossing Las Olas Boulevard. A pedestrian's push of a button will soon make the crosswalk at Southeast 13th Avenue light up like a miniatur...
Apr 22, 2014 11:51 pm
Spoelstra has to mix-and-match his talent to opponent more this postseasonThis came after a two-hour practice and film period Tuesday. Heat veteran Shane Battier, so ready, so antsy, stayed on the cou...
Apr 22, 2014 11:18 pm
County wil revisit $60-a-day pricing in AugustBroward County might lower parking rates at the courthouse garage, but not just yet.
Apr 22, 2014 11:14 pm
Some South Florida students couldn't take the FCAT online Tuesday because problems with the testing company's website prevented students from logging in, officials said.
Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm
Elected officials seek to loosen gift ban, other rules in law demanded by voters Nearly four years after a landmark ethics code became law in Broward County , some commissioners say it's too strict an...
Apr 22, 2014 10:42 pm
Forget the 3 R's. Palm Beach County schools say parents need to learn the 3 S's of attire -- sexy, scanty and slovenly – and how to avoid wearing them at school.
Apr 22, 2014 10:37 pm
Abderrazak Lamrini, 27, charged after undercover bust at Lake Park store, agents sayState and federal laws prohibit selling contact lenses without a prescription — and regulators say the own...
Apr 22, 2014 10:27 pm
Odd wildlife found in Oakland ParkA bizarre call came in to law enforcement authorities: A deer was wandering around Oakland Park just east of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, an urbanized area that...
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